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Arthur says Centurion, Cape Town pitches 'not good enough' for Test cricket
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Arthur says Centurion, Cape Town pitches 'not good enough' for Test cricket

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur criticised the pitches for the first two Tests against South Africa, rating them ‘not good enough’ for Test cricket.

With Pakistan facing a series defeat after two days of the second Test at Newlands, Arthur said the quality of pitches had deteriorated in the past decade since he coached the South African team.

On the back of a century by captain Faf du Plessis, South Africa built a winning position, reaching 382 for six, a first innings lead of 205 runs.

Arthur acknowledged that the South African batting did not back up his argument but said he did not believe the pitches made for a fair contest.

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"I am disappointed. I haven't been back to South Africa in a cricketing capacity since 2010. The standard of the wickets at Centurion and here hasn't been good enough for Test cricket," he said.

He cited inconsistent bounce, with balls rearing out of cracks, which had led to seven stoppages for injuries to batsmen on Friday.

"I can understand it if it gets to day four or five because that's what happens in Test cricket and so it should, but it shouldn't make your first innings a lottery."

Arthur said Du Plessis and Bavuma deserved credit for the way they had batted in the conditions and added that the extra pace of the South African bowlers had been a big factor in Pakistan being bowled out for 177 on the first day.

"The difference is that South Africa bowled at 145 kph plus and we were at 135 today. Those 10 kph on a wicket like this make a significant difference."